Albert Speer was not only Hitler’s architect and armaments minister, but the Fuhrer’s closest friend–his “unhappy love.” Speer was one of the few defendants at. Gitta Sereny, CBE (13 March – 14 June ) was an Austrian-British biographer, The book was also later adapted by David Edgar as the play Albert Speer and directed by Trevor Nunn at the National Theatre in The book even. From Speer was the second most powerful man in the Reich and Hitler’s right-hand man. Gitta Sereny, through twelve years of research and through many.
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Sereny’s book, while to a large degree a sympathetic biography of a fascinating and likable gittaa she and Speer were friends until his death innevertheless manages to challenge this standpoint. And considering how, well, thoughtful Speer was, this seems strange. And the children and Margret are the ones I feel sorry for most in this book besides, of course, the innocent victims of Hitler, but I mean on a personal level.
This is a stunningly well researched, detailed and readable account of one of the key figures in Hitler’s Germany. However, Sereny concludes that Speer must have known based on a letter he wrote to the Jewish community in Sprer Africa after the warand the fact that his closest assistant attended the Wannsee Conference where the details of the genocide of the Jews were worked out who could not ablert failed to inform him about the proceedings.
Of all of his fellow Nazis tried at Nuremburg Albert Speer was the only one who acknowledged any kind of responsibility for the crimes of the Nazis in Europe There was to be no correspondence with the outside, though this was circumvented early on by compliant people who smuggled letters in and out, unknowingly building a large collection of information for this book, and what a marvelous book it is. Retrieved 28 September As a friend of Speer noted to him once, “You’re Hitler’s unhappy love.
Genocide, racial and gender discrimination, and self-serving ethical double standards are still with us. It manages albeft be the most complete biography of a man who spent the last 15 years of his life talking and writing about himself. Albert Serejy was not only Hitler’s architect and armaments minister, but the Fuhrer’s closest friend–his “unhappy love. Because the Holocaust is at the heart of it–Speer’s sreny, his excuses, and his courage. A very good book that delves deep into the psyche of one Albert Speer: I watched Inside the Third Reich for the first time in years, and when I found myself still thinking about wpeer the next morning I decided it was time to read this.
Sereny segeny those questions doggedly, with one eye on the hard reality and another on Speer’s willful refusal to face up to that reality. In his younger days Hitler had interests in architecture and was naturally drawn to the younger Speer.
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The German nation adopted, by election! She also reported on gita trials in Germany of Third Reich functionaries, including concentration camp staff, such as Franz Stangl, the former commandant of Sobibor and Treblinka. Few books are as good as Gitta Sereny’s thoughtful and brilliant analysis of a man who like Faust bargained with the devil and in the process lost his soul.
Necessarily they fail, but not without coming a great distance in that effort. Views Read Edit View history. This is a fabulous book by any standard and I can see this appealing to a wide range of people. Fortunately, she did her work when many who worked for Speer or supported him while he was in prison were still alive to document what went on from the teas that Hitler held at his mountain retreat, the Berghof, to the mass executions conducted by the aforementioned Nazi “Action Groups” in Eastern Europe.
Gitta Sereny has created a biography plus. Sereny worked closely with Speer on the gktta, though he had no input into its content or structure. An immense amount of research went into this book. It is a tribute to Gitta Sereny that she unearthed so much vital psychological information from Speer and so many others before they passed on.
When the Nuremberg Trials were conducted I was in Germany, and when Speer was spared the death penalty by the court, I thought serey had got off lightly, considering his orchestration of Germany’s slave labour programs which caused the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent pressed ganged foreign workers. Speer is one of the more interesting Nazis in that he acknowledged the evil that he had perpetrated.
But I am convinced that he was sincere in his pursuit to understand his guilt and prevent others from falling down the same rabbit hole. There are brief historical asides which betray a gittaa hazy grasp speet the context. I especially like the parts where she interviews some of his contemporaries, it broadens the perspectives on both the man himself, the ideology and the ideas and minds of a lot of people of the era. When I felt myself feeling too much sympathy with Speer, I watched a holocaust film to remind myself of what was at seerny.
This is in contradistinction to other main schools of ethical philosophy, specifically the utilitarian and deontological, but has gtita relation to natural law ethics. It was also interesting to read how Speer spent his time; he read quite a bit, wrote over a thousand pages in a year the draft for Inside the Third Reichsmuggled out letters to various friends and family members, etc.
As an examination of his culpability, however, Sereny, as I already mentioned, allows her friendship with Speer to colour her perceptions at times, and she is quite kind and delicate with her approach to asking the “hard questions. Lists with This Book. Find out for yourself.
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The topic of this challenge is, as the subtitle states, Speer’s battle with truth. This was a strength of tribal life. I was concerned that this book would be repetitive and the author does refer to his memoir but not too extensively; in some instances This fascinating book is more than a biography of Albert Speer. It reads like a magazine interview.